NASA explorer will reach Mars soon

September 18, 2014 6:05 AM

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Technicians work on NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or Maven, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sept. 27, 2013. (The Associated Press)

This weekend, NASA’s Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet following a 10-month journey spanning 442 million miles. If all goes well, the robotic explorer will hit the brakes and slip into Martian orbit Sunday night.

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